The case for change

As part of our sustainability unit, the students are taking action to reduce our school’s global footprint. After brainstorming different areas that we could have an impact on, groups of students have selected topics, including: reducing the amount of paper used at the school, improving our recycling systems, reducing our power wastage and reducing our water consumption.

The first step involves making a case for change. The students have been researching the impact their topic has on our environment and describing what a sustainable change would look like. Our maths has involved collecting data on our school’s current usage or waste. They will graph their data and present it to the class to try to convince us that their issue is the one we should take action on. When all groups have stated their case, the class will vote on the issue we would like to change. We will then devise an action plan to implement and monitor its impact. It is a multi-disciplinary unit that applies English, Maths, Science and HSIE skills┬áto empower students to make a global difference through local action.

Next week, our year 5 students will be engaging in a NAPLAN online trial. Yesterday we sent out the results of the NAPLAN tests we completed earlier this year and the on-line trials will have no impact on these results. The purpose of the trial is to test the capabilities of the website and the school’s technologies so any adjustments can be made before the roll-out next year. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the trial, please contact me.